"Building Character Starts with Getting Your Kids To Talk."
Parenting Tips by Jean Tracy, MSS, for grades K-6:
You give affirmations to build self-esteem in your children, right? Your children can build self-esteem in you too. Affirmations can be a two-way street. You and your kids can say kind specific words to each other. When you do your family will blossom. Here's how it works:
Sit down with your kids, perhaps at a family meeting, and teach your children how to give you affirmations. Here are some ground rules to tell your kids:
- Make sure the kind words are what you really think and feel about me and dad.
- Make sure the affirmation is about dad's or my specific behavior.
- Make it short.
- Discuss why you think and feel those kind words about us.
If your child doesn't know what you mean, discuss these examples:
- "Mom, I like how you hug me when I come home from school."
- "Dad, I like when you laugh at my jokes."
- "Mom, I like when you hold my hand."
To get your children to discuss their affirmations ask or say:
- Tell me more
- Why do you think that?
- Do you want me to do more of that? Why?
Could I be a fly on the wall when you teach your children how to give affirmations? Better yet, tell me the results in the comment section below.
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